Help! Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at People and Other Dogs?

Help! Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at People and Other Dogs?

If you have a dog that barks and lunges at other dogs and people, it can be very stressful. After work, you want to take your dog on a relaxing walk to unwind but you end up more stressed than when you started! This is particularly perplexing for you if your dog is a sweet and loving angel at home with people and dogs that he or she loves. I not only work with these dogs every day, I also have had dogs like this myself. Sometimes these dogs come from shelters or rescues with these behaviors, other times the … Continue reading

The World Of Working Dogs

The World Of Working Dogs

My husband suggested this topic to me as he said he didn’t realize how many sorts of working dogs there were. So welcome to the world of Working Dogs!   My first true connection to working dogs was by meeting Rita Martinez back in 2002 as she was a SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers presenter. Her work at the time was with Search and Rescue doing cadaver work. If you are interested in learning more check out her work. Forensic Evidence Canines: Status, Training and Utilization and Cadaver Scent Project. Rita has since transitioned to Diabetic Alert, Medical Alert, Seizure Alert, Hearing, Assistance … Continue reading

July Charity Spotlight on Sean Casey Animal Rescue

July Charity Spotlight on Sean Casey Animal Rescue

SCAR takes in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners, zoos, shelters, and other public organizations.   These animals are cared for, and/or rehabilitated to the best of our ability and means until which time they can be found healthy, happy homes – whether it be through adoption to qualified candidates or legally released into habitats suitable to the specific species in conjunction with licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Sean Casey Animal Rescue, is a Non-Profit, No Kill Shelter, yet not your ordinary shelter. Part Rescue Shelter, part Adoption Center and part Community Center, makes it … Continue reading

Big Dogs Are Not Right for Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

Big Dogs Are Not Right For Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

What do I mean when I use the words BIG DOG? A big dog is one who, when laying in your bed, takes up more space than you do. A dog who, when not properly leash trained, could drag you down the street chasing after a rabbit. Or one who could potentially break your toe if he stepped on it. I learned that lesson the hard way.   In a nutshell, a big dog is one who, when fully mature, will reach about 50 pounds or more and range in size from a Labrador retriever and German shepherd to the … Continue reading

Why Creating a Bucket List Can Help You with Pet Loss Grief

Why Creating a Bucket List Can Help You with Pet Loss Grief

Pet loss is not easy for anyone. The emotional upheaval can throw your daily routine off and create anxiety, sadness and other normal feelings of pet loss grief.   Depending on how ill or infirm your companion is, doing things on their bucket list can help you through this special time together and create beauty memories. Having a bucket list that you are able to carry out is a wonderful way to celebrate your pet’s life. It is also a way to acknowledge the love you share and help support you during this very raw and painful time. When creating … Continue reading

How to Throw an Epic Dog Birthday Party

How to Throw an Epic Dog Birthday Party

So your dogs birthday is coming and you have been throwing around the idea of having a proper birthday party for him.   You’re not sure where to start, who to invite, or what activities you could possibly do. Time to put that creativity to the test! Today, I am going to share how to throw an epic dog birthday party! Who to invite? There are a couple different things you could do here. Do you have friends with dogs? If so, invite them, and have a visit with your friends while the dogs enjoy the party! If you don’t … Continue reading

Working on Impulse Control With Your Dogs

Working on Impulse Control With Your Dogs

Impulse control in dogs: Working on impulse control and arousal levels helps a dog become calm and self- controlled.   Impulsive individuals are usually characterized by rapid responses to stimulation, accelerated action and difficulties with inhibiting their responses (Miklosi, 2015). Arousal levels can look different in different dogs. Some dogs respond more quickly and intensely to a certain stimulus than other dogs (Overall, 2005). Individual variation is seen in the reaction to a positive stimulation (food for example) or in aggressive behavior. In aggressive behavior, a more impulsive dog may bite sooner and more forcefully and escalate a fight faster … Continue reading

Teach Your Dog to LOVE Getting in the Car!

Teach Your Dog to LOVE Getting in the Car!

Every dog should learn certain life skills, and enjoying getting into and out of a car is an important one. While it’s not necessary for smaller dogs to learn this skill, because they’re easily portable, it’s vital for medium and large-sized dogs. With that said, sometimes it’s not an easy behavior to teach dogs, especially if they’ve had negative car riding experiences before. Plus, it’s scary jumping into a high SUV, especially if a dog or puppy has fallen while jumping up in the past. The key to getting your dog in the car is to make the act of … Continue reading

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

August has just arrived, and while many folks are still enjoying the summer time soaking up the sun and splashing in the water, the thought of school is not that far off. Some families are already preparing!   While items such as bookbags, notebooks, and pencils are being added to shopping lists, the transition from summer sun to school-time fun could actually be a stressful one for pets. Here are a few of my FiveSibes™ “golden rules” to help ease the change for our furry best friends and their human pals: Practice Makes Perfect (Sense) Before the first day of … Continue reading

How to Make Sure Your Dog Is Eating a Biologically Appropriate Diet!

How to Make Sure Your Dog Is Eating a Biologically Appropriate Diet!

What is a biologically appropriate diet for my dog?   A biologically appropriate, also known as a species appropriate, diets for your dog is simply what their genetic makeup is designed to digest. Or what their body and mind are made for. Fortunately, my day job, has given me the opportunity to become an expert on the topic. Okay, maybe not an expert, but a good start to becoming one. So let’s talk about the dog’s basic biology, how it relates to their diet, and how feeding the K9 species the foods their bodies need in a form their brains … Continue reading